A Monkey Could Do This

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at the very first moment in Baltimore there was a thud

it was my great grandmother coming back to earth (levitate, negro

 

you could do it just breathe)

 

up to my chin in what I do not deserve

certainly there is a limit to the utility of Jesus

 

watch how I am to the touch

flaming off a rifle barrel

 

wherein I signal inspiration

in wound-up sclera and a ferocious cannonball

toward the rapt attention of the congregants

 

and raise up in testimony over this here

Simone White is the author of Unrest, House of Envy of all the World, and Dolly.

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